Alumni Tutors Needed!

On October 5, 2015, in Announcements, St. Louis Business Community, by Walker News

Calling all Walker School graduates with finance experience. you are invited to share your expertise with students by serving as a tutor for current students.  We are in need of tutors to assist students who are pursuing their MBA degrees from the Walker School.  In particular, we are seeking volunteers to tutor students in the areas of finance, accounting, statistics and economics.

hs-programming-3You can tutor based on your own schedule; either once a week, once a month or every other month.  Tutors are needed Monday – Thursday between the hours of 4:30 -7 p.m. at Webster University’s metropolitan St. Louis area campus locations, as well as its home campus in Webster Groves and its off-site corporate locations.  Online tutoring options are also available. Tutors receive a letter of appointment from Webster’s Academic Resource Center and are paid for the time spent tutoring.

If you are interested in giving back to the Webster University community, please contact Dr. Caprice Moore at or 314-246-5950 for more information.


Walker Students had a unique opportunity this fall to participate in a new course: BUSN 5850 Publicly Traded Company Research. The course is taught by John Stievens, an experience adjunct professor who teaches Financial Management, Investments, and Managerial Finance and brings over 15 years of experience in the industry into the classroom.

The course takes a hands-on approach as teams of three or four students have the opportunity to meet with top management, visit company sites, develop financial models, and then publish an in-depth investment research report. The reports are distributed to institutional and individual investors through Zacks Investment Research. Students receive extensive training in the field of equity analysis and valuable experience to add to their resume.

huttigbuildingstudentvisitThe class has visited two organizations so far, starting with Huttig Building Products on Monday, September 14. At Huttig, the class met with Jon Vrabely, President and CEO; Rebecca Kujawa, General Counsel; and Don Hake, Controller / Treasurer.  During the two hour visit, CEO Vrabely provided the group with an overview of the company, its industry, competitors and products and answered questions.  Controller Hake then provided a financial overview.  “To have a company CEO spend two hours with students shows HBP’s outstanding commitment to our students.” said Mr. Stieven.

lmiaerospacestudentvisitOn Tuesday, September 15 the class visited  LMI Aerospace and met with Cliff Stebe, Chief Financial
Officer and Amy Horton, Director of Corporate Communications.  During the first of a two hour visit, CFO Stebe provided an overview of the company using their standard Investor Presentation and answered student questions.  During the second hour, Amy Horton escorted us on a tour of LMIA’s fabrication, machining, and assembly facility in St. Charles.  “We really have a much better understanding of LMIA’s products and manufacturing process after the briefing by CFO Stebe and the plant tour” said student, Rabiu Ahmad.

Two additional visits are scheduled with Peak Resorts and American Railcar Industries.

As one of the few universities in the United States to offer a course that introduces students to this kind of company research and then publish it, Walker students have a unique opportunity to differentiate themselves from their competition — and land a much sought after job!

FINC 5890 Publicly Traded Company Research will be offered again in the Spring term for students considering an additional elective opportunity. Space is limited and registration opens in October.


Guest Contributor: Debbie Psihountas, Ph.D., MBA Director

Webster University’s George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology introduced a new version of their largest degree program, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in fall of 2014. This new 1-Year MBA is designed for adult learners who are able to work at a particularly rapid pace to complete their 37-hour program within twelve months. The 1-Year MBA had four distinct cohort groups in its inaugural year: two in St. Louis, one in Orlando, and one in Geneva.

Solving Real World Problems

Because of the size and cohort structure of the 1-Year MBA, I decided that this was a great time to try out some new learning ideas that I’d wanted to explore. One of these creative learning approaches used was the incorporation of live cases within courses.  Beginning in the fall of 2014, I reached out to a number of Webster University Corporate Partners to see if there was interest in partnering with our classes for the purpose of solving a “real life” business problem using student teams as consultants.cohort1

In meeting with Enterprise Bank, the idea arose to embed a case within MNGT 5990 – Corporate Responsibility and Society. The course is a blend of ethics, sustainability, and the strategic implications of corporate responsibility faced by business leaders.

Enterprise had a real-time issue that they were grappling with and they were happy to partner with us. Their senior executives in charge of risk management, human resources, and diversity and inclusion were already in the process of analyzing data to recommend a new corporate responsibility plan to their board in fall of 2015.

Community Engagement and Social Responsibility

Enterprise, like many organizations, strives to be a strong part of the communities in which it serves. As lenders, they are obligated to invest in lower-income communities as part of their banking mission, but Enterprise also wants to lead by example in the communities in which it operates. They donate a significant amount of funding to various causes throughout the year, but needed better tracking and analytics regarding expenditures and impact. They also were seeking to incorporate a process to allocate time for individual employees to be able to serve charities and nonprofits they were interested in helping throughout the year.

cohort2After several meetings with Enterprise executives and our instructor team, we put together a timeline and plans for the cohorts. Dr. Dustin Smith and Professor Andy Gonzalez did a terrific job designing a course assignment around this case opportunity.

Student teams worked on their cases while also completing the other learning requirements for MNGT 5990. Dr. Smith commented that “This was a tremendous opportunity for Webster MBA students to apply their skills to a challenging situation and create a bridge between the classroom and the practical.”

In the final week of classes, each of the cohort groups met at Enterprise Bank, and presented their recommendations.  Enterprise executives heard six distinct team presentations. While there was some overlap of ideas, recommendations, and overall analysis, it was interesting to see the different and creative approaches taken by each of the teams.

Real World Solutions

The end result? Enterprise received just-in-time analysis and recommendations to help make their own board recommendation, and the Webster 1-Year MBA students benefited from the opportunity to work on a real-time, real life problem relating to their course materials. A win all around!

Enterprise leadership was thrilled with what the students came up with. The final night of class was a day of double celebration. The students were thrilled with the success of their presentations, and they had, after an incredibly action-packed, challenging year of study, completed an MBA (in nearly all cases, while employed full time) in just 12 months.

Based on the success of this project, the Corporate Responsibility and Society instructors and I plan to continue to build on this project. There is a world of need and opportunity out there, and providing these types of real-world projects for our students strengthens them, our corporate partners, and our community.

debbie_psihountas_smFor further detail or information on this article or on the MBA, please feel free to contact me at For information regarding the 1-Year MBA program at Webster, visit










The Walker School of Business & Technology Walker EDGE will host an Internship Fair for all Webster students on Wednesday, September 9, from 12-2 p.m. in the East Academic Building, Edward Jones Commons.

internshipfairrealshotsThe Internship Fair enables students to get their resumes in the hands of potential employers who are hiring interns. Students can learn about internship opportunities, practice networking skills and find out what skills and qualities employers want. All majors are welcome.

The Walker EDGE Internship fair will feature companies from various industries, including Fleishman Hillard, Maritz, MOHELA, Wells Fargo Blayzer, Centric Group, Centene, Mercy, Scottrade, GL Group, and more.

Students should dress professionally for the event and bring plenty of resumes. For questions please contact the Walker EDGE office at 314-246-8221 or email

internshipfairrealshots2WALKER EDGE: Explore. Develop. Grow. Experience.  The Walker EDGE provides comprehensive professional development resources, courses, programs and guidance to students within the Walker School of Business and Technology. Opportunities offered by Walker EDGE are designed to enable students to develop their EDGE and set them up for success in achieving their career goals. Learn more at


jobshapersBrought to you by David Hults, Walker School Guest Columnist, Career Expert, Author and Speaker.

Throughout St. Louis, you can find associations that focus on trends within your industry, help you learn new compliance standards, or help job seekers find support. But there isn’t a network like this to help employed professionals work smarter, develop themselves, and shape their current jobs – until now.

The Job Shapers Network is the only one of its kind in our area, designed to provide professionals with career development strategies that will help them thrive in their workplace.

But let’s be honest – no one has an extra two hours in their workday for career development. That’s why you have to start thinking about implementing strategies in small bites, and that’s why the Job Shapers Network helps you develop strategies you can implement a little bit at a time, 15 minutes here and 10 minutes there.

What will this group do for you?Introduce you to new ideas about how to shape or “reshape” your job, creating a career path that’s satisfying for you and adds value to your organization. We’ll go beyond vague “advice” to provide tangible, individual steps that propel you forward in your career journey. Of course, these seminars are also useful to people who are considering a job change, but this is not designed to be a job seekers group.

How will we do it? Through rich content and a thought-provoking, monthly one-hour career strategy session, we’ll introduce action steps that will lead to personal career growth.

Why is this network necessary? Sometimes even successful professionals who are reaping the rewards of a job well done – and praise from others in their organization – can’t shake the nagging feeling that they could do more. They’re just not sure what. And there are other reasons why people find themselves without direction in a job, not knowing how to develop one’s self. Some might even feel dissatisfied, going nowhere, or like they’re just maintaining the status quo in their current job. Maybe you’ve found yourself thrust into a new role without really considering whether it is a good move for you. It’s also possible your organization just went through a major change or restructure, and there’s been no time for anyone to sufficiently communicate about how your individual career aspirations fit with this change. In either of these examples, a desire to remain employed, potentially increased compensation, and/or a belief that the new job might be a “resume builder” may tempt you. But if things don’t pan out as expected, job burnout could be next on your resume!

But this can be avoided, and the answer comes in driving your own career development, rather than just going with the flow or waiting to see what comes your way. Taking an active leadership role in your career plan isn’t just a good idea. It’s the whole idea. You can’t afford to gamble on the hope that your company will direct your career for you without your participation.

That’s why I created the “Job Shapers Network” – to empower professionals with the skills and strategies necessary to “reshape” their careers by directing their job, role and career growth without having to abandon the positive potential of one’s current organization.

Do you desire growth, development, acknowledgement, rewards and fulfillment in your career? Are you looking for recognition as a top performer in your workplace? If so, the Job Shapers Network was designed for you.

Get more information about the Job Shapers Network and register now for our monthly meetings at  (Space is limited)

david hults-webDavid Hults is a renowned Career Coach, Author and Speaker. Purchase his latest book at and receive a free online change behavior assessment. Learn more about how he can activate your career at Follow David’s blog at


Project Management: Notes from the Faculty

On August 4, 2015, in Faculty Insights, by Walker News

By Jim Meadows, Online Faculty Coordinator for the Walker School of Business  & Technology, Adjunct Faculty Member & Instructor for BUSN 5100 Introduction to Project Management.

Project Management, once thought of as a requirement only for engineers and information technology, has grown into a greater means by which we recognize that projects have a home in all areas of our lives. Whether it be with the family, at work, at church, and/or at play, we all use project management tools to make personal and professional decisions every day. Chances are you have witnessed or worked on a project at some point in your life. You may have even had the chance to lead a project. Because of that experience, you’ve probably learned that most projects, especially very large ones, do not end successfully.

Webster University has introduced a new certificate in project management that is available online and at St. Louis area campuses. The 4 courses required for the certificate range from the introduction of practical project management tools addressing project constraints with organizing, planning, scheduling, and controlling projects through specific software; to a more advanced project management course that helps students understand the procurement process of projects and manage contracts effectively so that the project can be completed successfully.

One of the new courses, BUSN 5100 Introduction to Project Management, provides students with an opportunity to understand skills and techniques based on Project Management Institute “best practices”. This methodology can help ensure that YOUR projects achieve success. In Introduction to Project Management, students learn that the constraints of project management (time, cost, and performance) are found in all projects and must be used when addressing the decisions made for each projects success. This is why I have a Priority Matrix (PM) for senior stakeholders (boss, spouse, minister, etc…). prioritytableThe matrix doesn’t allow, or provide excuses for failure; it only allows a senior stakeholder to understand the implications of his/her decision. When quality (PERFORMANCE) is your priority, it doesn’t mean you can be late (TIME), or spend all the money you want (COST), it means the stakeholder must understand that if the project team needs one of these constraints to slip (for the success of the others), the PM has a priority to assist in the decision making process.

For those with project management in their blood, Webster University also provides an advanced project management online course that studies the advanced theory and tools for implementing projects in organizations and will provide a comprehensive overview of the skills needed and challenges to be faced in managing them.

With Webster University’s new Certificate in Project Management, proven organizational skills are now at your fingertips and will open a whole new professional world to you. These courses will teach you how to improve project performance, increase quality, and maximize success.

To learn more about Webster University’s Certificate in Project Management and other professional certificates available, visit Fall 1 classes begin soon!

James MeadowsJim Meadows brings more than 20 years of project management experience to the classroom. He has served as a practioner faculty member in the Walker School of Business for more than 15 years. Prior to his current position as Online Faculty Coordinator Jim worked as director of military outreach for the Webster Office of Military Affairs and director of the Fort Leavenworth location. He has served as an assistant professor at U.S. Army Command and general Staff College in Fort Leavenworth; director of Human Resources for Leavenworth County and deputy chief information officer for Fort Leavenworth.

Try “Job Shaping” Before “Job Hunting”

On July 29, 2015, in Career Insight, by Walker News

Most of us are familiar with terms like “job transition,” “job hunting,” “job satisfaction,” and “job hopping.” But have you ever heard of “job shaping”?

Before we break down this new term, consider the causes and effects of discontent in your job. Maybe your work is dull and lacks challenge. Or it could be you’re trying to fit a 12-hour day into 10. Or possibly your current job isn’t preparing you for greater responsibility and growth. When we feel these kinds of stresses on the job, we often turn to two options:

  1. Transitioning into a new job or role within the organization.
  2. Leaving the organization all together.

But we (and the organizations we work for) rarely think about what could be achieved by giving energy and thought to shaping our career.

So, what does “job shaping” mean? First, it means thinking about what aspects of the job currently do work for you. What duties give you joy and energy? Once you have identified these positive aspects of your job, look around and ask yourself how you could use them to enhance, fix or solve business problems. This will help you begin to “take shape” of what is best about your job and where you want to invest more time and energy. Now, if you can’t truthfully identify ANY aspects of the job that you enjoy, you probably should become a job hunter instead of a job shaper. But hopefully it’s the latter!

Continuing on – once you’ve identified the new shape you want your job to take, it’s time to communicate. Your performance review might be a good place to start a conversation about new goals, problems you would like to solve for the organization, etc. Collaborate with your boss in considering what kinds of problems you would like to solve for the organization, thus “officially” shaping/reshaping your job and career development.

I know that many of you already feel overworked, so the thought of adding a process like “job shaping” to your plate might feel overwhelming. If so, start thinking about shaping your career progress in small steps. Simply squeezing in 10 to 15 minutes into your day can be all you need to really jumpstart this process.

And in even better news, this August I’ll introduce you to a new St. Louis network that will help you develop strategies for shaping your job and career. So stay tuned…


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David Hults is a renowned Career Coach, Author and Speaker. Purchase his latest book at and receive a free online change behavior assessment. Learn more about how he can activate your career at Follow David’s blog at

George Herbert Walker III

George Herbert Walker III

In an interview with former U.S. Ambassador George Herbert Walker III, he discusses his affiliation with Webster University and the importance of an international presence in the business community. A St. Louis native and a long-time supporter of Webster University, Ambassador Walker’s contributions resulted in the naming of the School of Business & Technology to the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology. Watch this interview for insights from Ambassador Walker.

Quitting Your Job? The Rules for Resigning

On June 30, 2015, in Announcements, by Walker News

Owner, PhotographerOn his last day as dean of the Walker School, Benjamin Akande shared his rules for resigning.  The most important rule, he says, is not to burn bridges.

Akande’s rules for resigning appeared in the Nov. 18, 2007 edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  Read the article for his insights.


Back (L-R): Janka Ribando, International Admissions Coordinator; Rebecca Spear, Director WSBT Corporate Partnership Engagement & Internships; Ragan Dueker, Webster alum 2012; Trezette Dixon, Assistant Director, Employer Relations
Front (L-R): Khanh Vu, Webster alum 2015; Suhani Fernando, Webster alum 2015; Khanh Bui, Webster alum 2015; Ngoc Troung, Webster alum 2015

Students and staff from Webster University attended St. Louis Mosaic Project’s Partners for Prosperity event on June 15. The event celebrated individuals and corporations who are helping transform St. Louis into the fastest growing major metropolitan area for immigration.

Given Webster University’s global footprint, the institution is proud to partner with St. Louis Mosaic on international-focused initiatives. Such initiatives include helping international students, university international student offices, university career services offices, and hiring organizations attract and retain more of the 9,000 international students who are studying in our region’s universities.

About St. Louis Mosaic
The St. Louis Mosaic Project was launched in 2012 in response to an economic impact report, outlining St. Louis to be lagging in immigrant growth as well as highlighting the economic benefits of increasing its foreign-born population. The Mosaic Project is a regional initiative that is professionally managed by St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, World Trade Center St. Louis and a 22-member committee. Its goal is to transform St. Louis into the fastest growing major metropolitan area for immigration by 2020 and to promote regional prosperity through immigration and innovation.  Learn more at



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